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Sanitizing used shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 8bpc, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. 8bpc

    8bpc Senior member

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    I've been thinking of buying some used shoes thrift or ebay and I'm wondering what is the best way to sterilize the insides of used leather shoes without causing any harm to the leather? I searched but didn't find anything definitive with the exception of someone mentioning having used vodka. Thanks [​IMG]
     


  2. binge

    binge Senior member

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    How do you sanitize the shoes you've bought new but have worn for years?
     


  3. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    Exorcism?

    My advice is do not buy any used shoes that appear to need sanitizing.
     


  4. satorstyle

    satorstyle Senior member

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    The same way they sanitize bowling shoes.
     


  5. Chips

    Chips Senior member

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    Sanitizing and sterilizing are two different things. Neither likely achievable on a porous material like leather. If you use shoe spray like they do in bowling alleys, you can cut down foot fungus that might be present.

    Lysol will do the same thing.
     


  6. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    You can also wipe down the insides with a liberal amount of rubbing alcohol. No need to worry about drying out the linings; as soon as you start wearing the shoes, they'll be exposed to enough moisture...
     


  7. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Take them to your local bowling alley.

    Twotone
     


  8. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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  9. 8bpc

    8bpc Senior member

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    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.
     


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